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Judy kuriansky

Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia University Teachers College; Advisor, Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations

Dr Judith Kuriansky

eMHIC Special Interest Group on Global Mental Health and Disaster Response

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D., is an internationally known clinical psychologist, professor, author, humanitarian, sought-after speaker, and philanthropist, and an exemplary of the tripartite model as researcher, practitioner and advocate. A Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia UniversityTeachers College in New York, she lectures around the world, is a past Senior Research Scientist and has extensive clinical experience treating couples, families and children. At the United Nations, she is holds the prestigious appointment as Advisor to the Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone; has been NGO Representative of the International Association of Applied Psychology and World Council for Psychotherapy for decades; co-organizes and speaks at innumerable UN events; and led successful campaigns partnering with governments to secure well-being in the UN Agenda, with Palau, as well as other Conpacts, and adoption of the GA Resolution on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support sponsored byMexico.

She has conducted original psychosocial trainings and resilience workshops worldwide, including after disasters in Japan, China, Sri Lanks, Sint Maarten, Australia, Iran, and others, and currently for Ukraine, for which she also co-writes and performs music, e.g., after 9/11, the Japan tsunami, Ebola in Sierra Leone, school shootings, Middle East terrorism, and during COVID-19. An avid advocate on behalf of mental health and well-being as well as the rights of women and girls, she has co-developed a Girls empowerment Camp in Africa, conducted workshops for youth worldwide including for World Children’s Day in Malaysia, and presented many events for UN Forums and Commissions, e.g., on the Status of Women and on Science Technology and innovation.

An award-winning journalist, she hosted a top-rated advice call-in radio show popular for youth, and is called on to comment on news worldwide.

Author of many books and professional articles, her latest volume is: “Resilient Health: Leveraging Technology and Social Innovations to Transform Healthcare for COVID-19 Recovery and Beyond”.

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Global Leadership Council members provide thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience in eMHIC’s Special Interest Groups. 

Dr Nina Ferencic

Senior Regional Adviser on Adolescent Health, Development and Participation, UNICEF

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA

Kana Enomoto

Director of Brain Health, McKinsey Health Institute, USA

Dr. Daniel Fung

CEO, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Chris Wright

National Advisor for Digital Mental Health, Scotland

Liz Ashall-Payne

Founder and CEO, ORCHA

Prof. Andrew Greenshaw

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience University of Alberta, Canada

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Niki Legge

Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Dr Judith Kuriansky

Advisor, Mission of Sierra Leone, United Nations

Dr Jill Murphy

Executive Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health

Nick Titov

Executive Director, Mindspot, Australia

Fran Silvestri

Former President and CEO, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Mary O'Hagan

Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Richman Wee

Senior Researcher, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Piers Gooding

Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr Bruce Arroll

Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Addie Wooten

CEO, Smiling Mind, Australia

Angie Chew

Adjunct Associate Professor of mindfulness, National University of Singapore

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry, The Melbourne Clinic, Australia

Dr Craig Hassed

Senior lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Ed Mantler

SVP Chief Program Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Juanita Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive at Ara Poutama, New Zealand

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Stephen Appleton

President and Chief Executive of Global Leadership Exchange

Lucita Lazo

President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Philippines

Anna Elders

Clinical Lead, Just a Thought, New Zealand

Marie Paldam Folker

Director, Centre for Digital Psychiatry, Denmark

Katherine Hay

President & CEO, Kids Help Phone, Canada

Derek Chambers

Policy Implementation Lead, National Mental Health Services Ireland

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Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

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Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind SHOUT, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text service. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together.